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This guide is intended to assist
state, local, and tribal public health
professionals in the initiation of
response activities during the
first 24 hours of an emergency
or disaster. It should be used in
conjunction with existing emergency
operations plans, procedures,
guidelines, resources, assets, and
incident management systems. It
is not a substitute for public health
emergency preparedness and
planning activities. The response to
any emergency or disaster must be
a coordinated community effort.
Epi Info™ is a public domain suite of interoperable software tools designed for the global community of public health practitioners and researchers. It provides for easy data entry form and database construction, a customized data entry experience, and data analyses with epidemiologic statistics, maps, and graphs for public health professionals who may lack an information technology background. Epi Info™ is used for outbreak investigations; for developing small to mid-sized disease surveillance systems; as analysis, visualization, and reporting (AVR) components of larger systems; and in the continuing education in the science of epidemiology and public health analytic methods at schools of public health around the world.
Humanitarian Overview 2018 examines major humanitarian crises worldwide to identify likely developments and corresponding needs. The report focuses on countries where the crisis trend indicates a deterioration in 2018 and a corresponding increase in need. It also includes countries where crisis is not predicted to worsen, but is likely to remain severe: Ethiopia, Iraq, Nigeria, Palestine, Sudan, and Syria. Across these countries, food security, displacement, health, and protection are expected to be the most pressing humanitarian needs in 2018.
The Humanitarian Action Overview details results from the UNFPA's 2017 humanitarian operations and outlines priority actions for 2018. For 2018, UNFPA is appealing for $463 million to provide life-saving services to approximately 30 million women of reproductive age who will be impacted by humanitarian crises.
UNFPA's humanitarian work focuses on providing sexual and reproductive health services, ensuring access to family planning, and preventing and responding to violence against women and girls. UNFPA also provides population data to assess humanitarian needs and to plan services accordingly.
In 2017, UNFPA reached 16 million people with humanitarian assistance in 58 countries. This included establishing 880 mobile health clinics and supporting 2,280 health facilities to provide emergency obstetric care, as well as providing life-saving services to over 375,000 survivors of gender-based violence.
At the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016, leaders made over 3,700 commitments to advance the Agenda for Humanity. In their first self-reports against these commitments, 142 stakeholders described the efforts they made from June to December 2016 to realize this ambitious vision.
The 2017 annual synthesis report on progress provides a summary of their collective achievements around the 5 Core Responsibilities and 24 Transformations of the Agenda for Humanity.
The executive summary is available in English: https://www.agendaforhumanity.org/sites/default/files/asr/2017/Nov/No%20time%20to%20retreat%20Executive%20Summary_NEW_web_nov27.pdf;
and Spanish: https://www.agendaforhumanity.org/sites/default/files/asr/2018/Jan/No%20time%20to%20retreat_Executive%20summary_Spanish_final_web.pdf
WHO's Interagency Emergency Health Kit 2015 (IEHK) is a standardized kit of essential medicines, supplies and equipment deployed by UN agencies and other partners who respond to large-scale emergencies.
This prepacked kit is designed for use where there is a disruption of medical supplies in an emergency setting as a way to fill the gap until the medical supply mechanisms are restored.
One kit is designed to meet the basic health needs of 10 000 people for approximately 3 months.
The contents are standardized based on WHO’s Essential Medicines List, and are designed to be affordable and easily available. The content list is available for download under: http://www.who.int/entity/emergencies/kits/IEHK-2015-item-list.xlsx?ua=1
The basic module can be used by primary health workers with limited health training. It contains oral and topical medicines, none of which are injectable.
The supplementary module adds medicines and supplies that can only be used by trained health workers or physicians. It is designed to be used together with the basic module, primarily in health facilities.
Modules for malaria and for post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection can be added, depending on the health needs of the affected population.
The IEHK is not designed for long-term use and does not contain medicines for managing diseases like HIV/AIDS, TB or leprosy. Nor is it suited for immunization, treating malnutrition or providing comprehensive reproductive health services. As the kit is a stop-gap measure, the kit does not replace the overall medical supply system of the country.
This Code of Conduct seeks to guard our standards of behaviour. It is not about operational details, such as how one should calculate food rations or set up a refugee camp. Rather, it seeks to maintain the high standards of independence, effectiveness and impact to which disaster response NGOs and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement aspires. It is a voluntary code, enforced by the will of the organisation accepting it to maintain the standards laid down in the Code. In the event of armed conflict, the present Code of Conduct will be interpreted and applied in conformity with international humanitarian law. The Code of Conduct is presented
first. Attached to it are three annexes, describing the working environment that we would like to see created by Host Governments, Donor Governments and Inter-Governmental Organisations in order to facilitate the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance.